These days a college education comes at a high price.

One of the many benefits of Air Force ROTC is the chance at a scholarship. Scholarships are offered on a competitive merit-based system. High school students may apply for a scholarship between July 1st through December 31st of their senior year. If you have missed this deadline and/or have already graduated from high school, you must be enrolled the in the Air Force ROTC program before the AF will consider offering you a scholarship. Additionally, you must be at least 17 years of age at the time of the scholarship activation and enlistment, and no more than 30 years of age by 31 December of the commissioning year. You must also be a United States citizen or able to obtain citizenship by the last day of the first term of your freshman year.

*Important: You cannot contract/activate scholarship until becoming a US citizen*

In addition to tuition (up to a set amount and fees), Air Force ROTC scholarships come with a nontaxable monthly allowance (stipend) during the academic year, plus $900/year for textbooks. Even if you are not offered a scholarship, you can still receive the monthly stipend as a junior and senior cadet. 

Effective 1 July 22, all AFROTC scholarships awarded in any program during FY22 and activating in FY23, may be converted to a housing benefit of $10K/year. The benefit is for room expense only and does not cover board (meals). Please contact our office for more specific details. 

For the latest information on scholarship eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit the Air Force ROTC scholarships page.


1. High School Scholarship Program (HSSP) - HS students may apply:  Senior Year (1 Jul - 31 Dec)

  •     Complete on-line application 
  •     1240 SAT or 26 ACT
  •     CGPA >3.0
  •     Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)
  •     See website for more specifics and to apply

2. In College Scholarship Program (ICSP) - College students: freshman/sophomore year, must participate in AFROTC for >1 semester


  • Type 1: Uncapped (pays full tuition/fees, $900 textbooks at any AFROTC school)
  • General Charles McGee Leadership Award (CMLA)
    • $18,000 cap (pays up to $18K tuition/fees, $900 textbooks at any AFROTC school) for two years 
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